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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Cella Energy have been awarded industrial research and development funding by Space Florida, the State of Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development. IAI, a global leader in the development and production of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Cella Energy will develop and evaluate a fuel cell power system for IAI’s BirdEye Mini UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), based on Cella’s proprietary solid hydrogen fuel system.

The potential benefit of the project is to double or even triple the UAV flight duration at the same battery weight, solving one of the biggest limitations of battery-operated UAVs. The project is about to be launched, subjected to export regulations and collaboration agreement.

Cella’s proprietary hydride-based hydrogen storage technology provides a low-weight, high-performance alternative to lithium-polymer batteries, the power source typically used in small UAVs. Cella has developed a plastic-like hydrogen storage material that can be pressed and shaped into any form. When heated above 100°C, hydrogen is released within minutes. Each gram of Cella material safely stores approximately one liter of hydrogen gas.

Cella Energy is an advanced materials company pioneering safe, high-performance, low-cost hydrogen energy. Its headquarters are located at the Rutherford Appleton Lab complex in the UK, and its US operations are based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The company’s proprietary solid hydrogen technology has applications in numerous sectors including automotive, aerospace and portable power applications.

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